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publish_actions deprecated / will only work until August 2018

edited June 12 in Questions

We are using Oneall to send messages to social networks (fb, twitter) on behalf of our users. For Facebook we are using publish_actions and an Facebook App. We now are asked to perform a new review for said app (after Cambridge Analytica).

We are made aware by Facebook that:

The publish_actions permission will be deprecated. This permission granted apps access to publish posts to Facebook as the logged in user. Apps created from today onwards will not have access to this permission. Apps created before today that have been previously approved to request publish_actions can continue to do so until August 1, 2018. No further apps will be approved to use publish_actions via app review. Developers currently utilizing publish_actions are encouraged to switch to Facebook's Share dialogs for web, iOS and Android.

What is the way forward for our projects using Oneall?

Thank you and kind regards,
Malte

Answers

  • edited June 15

    Hi Malte,

    The Facebook changes mean that developers, and platforms like OneAll, will be unable to post content on behalf of personal Facebook profiles. This brings Facebook’s API in-line with Instagram’s, meaning developers can only post to business profiles and pages on both Facebook and Instagram.

    So technically speaking nobody will be able to automatically push content to personal Facebook user accounts. You will however still be able to post to the user's pages, this is also a feature that our API offers.


    The review is in fact not directly related to the removal of the publish_actions permissions. As that permission will no longer be available, you also can't request it or have it reviewed.

    Many old apps never had to go through the review process. Facebook now forces all those old apps to go through the review.

    Regards,

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